White House won’t co-operate in impeachment inquiry and it will halt any and all cooperation with “illegitimate” impeachment probe by House Democrats, based on what it declared Tuesday.
Through exposing the impeachment inquiry of Democrats in Congress, the top White House lawyer told Congress on Tuesday that President Donald Trump, in another word White House won’t co-operate Trump’s Impeachment Inquiry and efforts of Democrats, accusing the President’s critics is violating the Constitution in an effort to overturn the 2016 election.
“Your contrived process is unprecedented in the history of the Nation, and lacks the necessary authorization for a valid impeachment proceeding,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said, as Republicans want Democrats to vote first on allowing an impeachment probe.
In a scathing, about the eight-page letter, the White House stated the inquiry into the Ukraine gossip was without credit, charged that the president has been denied his due process rights and claimed that Democrats were intent on overturning the results of the 2016 election and leading the 2020 contest.
“To fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the executive branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the presidency, President Trump and his administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances,” counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to top congressional Democrats.
In response, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., warned that Democrats were undeterred and would move ahead with their investigation focused on Trump’s pressure on a foreign leader to dig up dirt on a domestic political rival.
“In his “great and unmatched wisdom,” President Trump must know that no one is above the law,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats on Tuesday, subtly mocking the President for using that phrase to describe himself in a tweet on Monday.
“The President will be held accountable,” Pelosi vowed. “When it comes to impeachment, it is just about the facts and the Constitution.”
Trump lawyers sent a lengthy letter to House leaders bluntly stating White House’s refusal to participate in the inquiry that was given a boost by last week’s release of a whistleblower’s complaint that the president sought political favors from Ukraine.
“Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” White House Counsel Pat Cipollone wrote.
That means no extra witnesses under administration purview will be permitted to appear in front of Congress or comply with document demands, a senior official told.
The White House is objecting that the House has not voted to begin an impeachment probe into Trump. It also claims that Trump’s due process rights are being violated.
In connection with this decision: “It’s as though the White House is unfamiliar with the difference between impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate,” stated Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who left the GOP to become an Independent after he called for an impeachment investigation.
“It’s also as though the White House is unfamiliar with the Constitution, generally,” Amash tweeted.
As lawmakers seek to amass ammunition to be used in an impeachment trial, the White House increasingly believes all-out warfare is its best course of action. And as we said before Donald Trump believes if Democrats pursue removing him from office, civil war 2 might erupt in the United States.
“What they did to this country is unthinkable. It’s lucky that I’m the President. A lot of people said very few people could handle it. I sort of thrive on it,” Mr. Trump spoke at the White House. “You can’t impeach a president for doing a great job. This is a scam.”
A whistle-blower’s complaint and text messages delivered by another envoy portray Sondland as a possibly important witness in allegations that the Republican President sought to dig up dirt on a Democratic rival in Ukraine and other countries in the name of foreign policy.
Ms. Pelosi announced thwarting the witness testimony on Tuesday was an “abuse of power” in itself by the President.